Arizona House to consider abortion bills Monday, Senate to vote on campaign funding

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Two bills scheduled to be considered Monday by the Arizona House would impact the state's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Arizona.

One bill would apply state requirements for clinics that provide surgical abortions to those that provide only medication abortions. Planned Parenthood says that'd force it to curtail services in clinics in Flagstaff, Prescott and Yuma. Supporters of the bill say it would help protect the health of women.

A second bill would make donations to Planned Parenthood ineligible for a state income tax credit for contributions to groups that serve the working poor. Planned Parenthood says its abortion services are self-funded and that any impact on its donated funding would only affect its family planning and medical services.

Arizona Senate to vote on public campaign funding

The Arizona Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposed ballot measure that would ask voters to bar use of public money for candidates' campaigns.

The measure would eliminate the funding for the so-called Clean Elections system approved by Arizona voters 12 years ago. That system provides money participating candidates for state offices.

Most of the program's funding comes from surcharges on criminal penalties and traffic fines.

One key element of the Clean Elections system is now under legal review.

The U.S. Supreme Court in March will hear arguments on whether to prohibit extra funding provided participating candidates who are outspent by privately funded rivals or targeted with independent expenditures.